The Russian Orthodox Church has successfully seen the removal of a controversial 9.8 feet tall sculpture of Jesus Christ made out of garbage in the Siberian city of Omsk, which was supposed to be part of an art festival.
The Moscow Times reported that The Interior Ministry's Anti-Extremism Department ordered the demolition of a sculpture after the Orthodox Church complained.
"I received a call from the anti-extremism center," local news site BK55 quoted festival director Vasily Melnichenko as saying. "The Omsk diocese indignantly appealed to [authorities] about the sculpture." more >>
Just over a month after the compact LG G4c was released, the Korean manufacturer has already made the device available in the Netherlands.
According to a report by GSM Arena, local retailer BelSimpel offers the device for 248 euros, or about $280.
In the report, the Netherlands is not the only European market to get the Android-powered device. more >>
Taking note of Apple's naming schemes in previous years, it is most likely that the new iPhone will be named as the iPhone 6s.
But while there are still no solid details about Apple's latest iOS version, there appears to be a rumor circulating that the new iPhone 6s already has launch and release dates.
According to a report by GSM Arena, a leak from Vodafone U.K. claims that the "new iPhone," as it was referred to, will be released in the U.K. on Sept. 25. Naturally, the launch date would be a week earlier, on Sept. 18. more >>
Actor Patrick Stewart, who starred in "X-Men" and "Star Trek," says he supports the right of a Christian baker in Northern Ireland who refused to make a cake with a gay marriage slogan on it. The baker was last month convicted of "discrimination," and fined.
Speaking on BBC's "Newsnight" show in a video published Thursday, Stewart showed support for Ashers Baking Company – owned by Colin and Karen McArthur, in Belfast – which was fined last month for refusing to make a cake with "support gay marriage" written on it along with a picture of Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street" in May 2014.
"It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected — it was not because they were celebrating some kind of marriage or an agreement between them," the 75-year-old actor said. "It was the actual words on the cake that they objected to, because they found the words offensive." more >>
Former NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki has not played for his national team Germany for four straight years, and many have been thinking that they may have seen the last of the Mavs' power forward.
However, the 36-year-old NBA star announced in a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany that he will play for his national team in this year's Eurobasket tournament, which will be held in Berlin.
"I've chosen to be in Berlin," Nowitzki said in a statement. "I've had the whole month of May and used it to gain some distance and enjoy family time. Of course, I also have consulted the matter with my wife." more >>
The Moldovan Orthodox Church is reportedly now distancing itself from one of its priests after a video showing his riding a man like a donkey to exorcise a demon from him was leaked online Thursday.
The priest, identified as "Father Valeriy" of Church of St. Michael in the state of Transnistria, in Eastern Europe is shown in a nearly 2-minute video clip on YouTube riding an unidentified man like a donkey as he screams out.
"The Moldovan Orthodox Church has launched a probe. Assuming that this is not just some horrible joke, the video shows the potential for great abuse in such rituals," says blogger Jonathan Turley. more >>